Safely Losing Weight With Type 1 Diabetes
I think it's really great that women are proclaiming newfound self-esteem over their curvier bodies, not giving in to the pressures of Hollywood to develop eating disorders and becoming clearly aware that beauty doesn't have to be a size two.
On the other side, I think some people may be excusing the extra poundage as a good thing simply because they've become comfortable with their bodies. While we're embracing healthier body image, isn't it also essential to also embrace healthier habits that promote a healthy bodyweight?
When it gets down to it, being overweight is unhealthy -- no matter what your self-esteem level may be. It's necessary to face the truth: if your body mass index is over 25, you're overweight, at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and probably suffering from high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The other part of the "big and beautiful" issue that really irks me is that I really just don't believe someone who is overeating to the extent that they've become 30, 50 or 100 pounds overweight is actually very happy. Overeating due to emotional distress has become a popularized problem, declared by national eating disorder organizations as more common than anorexia or bulimia. Hanging out on the couch chowing down a pint of ice cream usually does not happen out of hunger. One cup of ice cream is enough for any human because our stomachs are, indeed, the size of our fists.
I think a truly healthy mind of an overweight body should take a moment to ask why overeating is happening, why they are not exercising and what do they need to treat any emotional trauma or plain old stress in order to nix the habit.
As someone who has been about 20 pounds overweight at my heaviest, I know I personally gained that weight due to good old-fashioned stress and handling it with food instead of exercise. I also originally gained weight during my first semester of college -- not because of the food -- but because I hated the school and the environment (and yes, I transferred ASAP).
Over the past several months I've lost a lot of weight and become much, much healthier due to several obvious reasons: reflecting on why I was overeating, exercising every day, eating extremely healthly foods and making my type 1 diabetes a much bigger priority in my life. I've never felt better: I eat healthier and have become much more active than any of my friends (non-diabetics, of course). In the fall, I'll be beginning a program to become a certified Ashtanga Yoga instructor (basically, "power yoga"), and over the next few weeks, I'll be writing about how I personally have safely lost weight and become a very active person with type 1 diabetes.
Published On: August 07, 2007